Reader QuestionMy cabinets overrunneth with spices, and I don’t know how to organize them, or which are even worth keeping. I do a lot of cooking, but I can never find the spice I’m looking for. Then, I run out to buy it when I can’t find it, just to come home and discover I already had a jar of it. Help!Angie, Louiseville, KYOur ResponseHi Angie,Here’s an easy plan for you and your spices...1.Rally your spices: Clear your kitchen table. Gather all of your spices from everywhere you have them stored and put them on your kitchen table.2.The deciding factor is the smell: To decide which to keep and which to pitch, unscrew each jar and give it a good whiff. If you can’t smell the aroma that goes with the spice, pitch it.3.Line ‘em up: Organize your spices alphabetically, just like they do at the grocery store. You should have one of each. Gather the “duplicates” and place them in a dry cabinet in a container. Before you run out and buy a spice you run out of, check your duplicates container first.4.Make a spice home: Place your spices, again alphabetically, in an upright spice organizer that sits on your counter, or a spice organizer that lays flat (slight angle up so you can see each spice) in a kitchen drawer.Use these tips, and you’ll never have spices woes again!Maria GraciaReader Clinic SubmittalHave an organizing question? We'd love to hear from you.Please fill in your answers to all questions below. Then press SEND. If your browser does not allow you to use forms, just type all of your answers in an email and send the email to Your tips and ideas may be printed in one of our future newsletters as a featured Reader Tip. In addition, it may be published in one of our future books, with your name, city and state!By submitting this form, you agree to allow us to reprint your tip(s) or idea(s) in our future publications. Be sure to read our newsletter each week to find out if your tip was chosen to be featured.Thank you!Maria GraciaTo submit your Organizing Question, please fill out the form below:All fields are required
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